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Resolute marks 200 years in business


May 15, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Resolute-SaintFelicienResolute's Saint-Félicien, Quebec pulp mill. Photo: © Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

According to a company blog post, the first of Resolute’s 20 predecessor companies started on May 1, 1820, exporting lumber to England under the name William Price.

Over the following years, the company bought 20 sawmills along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, operating under various names at different points in time (Read Resolute’s full timeline here.)

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In 2011, AbitibiBowater became Resolute Forest Products, the current iteration of the company.

Today, the company operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue, wood products and energy facilities across North America.

“This is an extremely important milestone in our company’s history. We’ve successfully weathered two centuries marked by technological revolutions; two World Wars; the Great Depression of the 1930s; globalization; several pandemics, including cholera, the Spanish flu and now COVID-19; and changing economic and social conditions,” says Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer, in the post.

“We’ve flourished because of the unwavering support of our employees, customers, investors, the communities in which we operate, as well as our partners in both the business world and Indigenous communities.”

“Our pioneering excellence continues as we forge new pathways with innovative green products and renewable energy options,” says Bradley Martin, chairman of Resolute’s board of directors.